Zapatistas may resume combat in Chiapas

Charlotte Kates ckates at
Fri May 31 18:03:31 MDT 1996

>**Zapatistas may resume combat in Chiapas**
>(Reprinted from the June 1, 1996 issue of the People's
>Weekly World. May be reprinted or reposted with PWW credit.
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>World International Department
>The following is a press release issued by Cecilia
>Rodriguez, U.S. Representative of the Zapatistas, and sent
>to the World via e-mail.
>After several attempts to rescue a peace process established
>by a Mexican law, including appeals to legislators, the EZLN
>(Zapatista National Liberation Front) has declared a red
>alert for the following reasons;
>a) The recent severe jail sentence handed to two individuals
>"accused" of being members of the EZLN has violated the
>viability of the peace process which guarantees a peace
>negotiation and NOT prosecution for the EZLN. The sentenced
>prisoners, as well as the 16 awaiting trial have not only
>been victimized by a lack of due process, but by torture,
>confessions extorted by force, and a lack of evidence.
>Several reputable international human rights organizations
>have protested this travesty.
>b) Additional armed units have been sighted in Zapatista
>enclaves, including 150 soldiers of a new special unit in
>the village of Oventic, and what appears to be a commando
>force disguised as engineers establishing operations in San
>Quintin. Although the Mexican Army claims these are
>operations against "drug trafficking," these forces have
>principally concentrated in well-known Zapatista communities
>and this is no coincidence.
>*) Communications with the official government negotiating
>team have deteriorated to ill-disguised threats and
>incoherent proposals on behalf of the Mexican government.
>The EZLN no longer believes it is feasible to negotiate and
>implores the national legislative team to intervene and take
>action to salvage the peace process.
>In pursuit of its commitment to a political solution, the
>National Commission for Democracy in Mexico, a national
>network of more than 20 community groups in the U.S., will
>be organizing campaigns and mobilizations in response to
>this ominous development. The Commission calls upon all
>other interested individuals and organizations to take
>immediate action to offset the possibility of war which
>promises more economic chaos, forced immigration, and
>injustice for the people of Mexico.
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